Horsepower by Dave Barnhouse. Once the provider of work and power for the farmer is facing it’s replacement…the tractor. From animal to machine. Some gladly embrace the new and for some it is a sad and difficult transaction. An animal is so much more than a machine, but also so much more to feed, doctor, provide shelter, and care for. But the transition must be made, and so it was.
Dave Barnhouse is a self-described “country boy” from Richmond, Ohio who grew up in small towns and has no intention of leaving that environment either physically or emotionally. “I want my art to make people feel as if they were back home on a Friday evening, so they can experience the warmth of a cozy fire and smell the homemade bread and cookies coming from the oven,” he says.
Dave Barnhouse recreates the best of times in his definition of rural and small-town America. His paintings are snap shots of life the way he remembers it from the 1950`s and 60`s. “Collectors tell me they often put themselves in my art. It`s a way we all can relive some of the happiest moments of our youth,” says Dave.
Today Dave works mostly with oil paints. But, as soon as he could hold a pencil, the artist started expressing his artistic talents. One of his first drawings was a threshing machine on his grandfather`s farm in Ohio. “He drew all the little details,” remembers his mother, who encouraged her son to pursue his art.
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